Hyundai to take on Tata Safari, launch 7-seater Alcazar SUV

Work on the Alcazar started in 2017-2018 alongside the development of the new Creta. Hyundai has stretched the wheelbase of the Creta to accommodate the extra two seats in the rear.

April 08, 2021 / 01:42 PM IST
The Alcazar will come powered by a 2 litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine and 1.5 litre 4-cylinder diesel engine

The Alcazar will come powered by a 2 litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine and 1.5 litre 4-cylinder diesel engine

 
 
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Hyundai will launch the Creta-based Alcazar sports utility vehicle in May to take on the newly launched Tata Safari. Bookings of the vehicle is expected to open over the next few weeks.

Available in seating configurations of six and seven, Alcazar aims to further fuel demand for SUVs whose share has become one-third in India’s passenger vehicle market. The middle row can be bought with two single seats (captain seats) or a bench type seat. The last row is bench type.

The Alcazar will come powered by a 2 litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine and 1.5 litre 4-cylinder diesel engine, both of which will be offered by 6-speed auto and 6-speed manual transmissions. The same diesel engine is seen on the Creta as well as on the Verna.

Exact pricing of the SUV will be known closer to launch date but the street is expecting it to be priced under Rs 15 lakh for the base version. The petrol engine churns out peak power of 159ps while the diesel engine generates optimum power of 115ps.

Work on the Alcazar started in 2017-2018 alongside the development of the new Creta. Hyundai has stretched the wheelbase of the Creta to accommodate the extra two seats in the rear.

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In terms of features the Alcazar gets a large touch screen infotainment system which could be paired to a cell phone using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Panoramic sunroof, wireless phone charging, climate control, two-tone colour scheme in the interiors are some of the several features to be seen on the Alcazar.

Hyundai claims that the Alcazar features hydraulic rebound stopper in front strut for better rebound control and a plush ride experience. Drive mode selection features different steering effort mapping for Eco, City and Sport modes.

The SUV is tested on 15 drive tracks for various road driving conditions and manufactured using 89 percent green energy at Hyundai Motor plant in Irungattukottai, Tamil Nadu.

This is the first seven seater SUV from Hyundai in India and will be competing against MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari, Mahindra XUV500.

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WhatsApp, WHO collaborate on new sticker pack called 'Vaccines for all'

The C5 is available in only one diesel variant and so we can only compare it with the diesel engines from other two SUVs.

WhatsApp has introduced a new sticker pack called ‘Vaccines for all’ to raise awareness of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. These new stickers are a way to show healthcare professionals some appreciation as they struggle with rising cases and are routinely on the frontline, at the most risk.

The new pack is a collaboration between the Facebook-owned chat platform and World Health Organisation (WHO), who designed the stickers.

"As Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out across the world, the new sticker pack aims to encourage vaccine uptake and represents hope," said WhatsApp’s Andy Pattison in a press statement. "Covid-19 vaccines will be a gamechanger, but, for now, we must continue to wear a mask, physically distance, avoid crowds, ventilate indoor spaces and clean hands."

To download the new sticker pack for yourself, open any group or individual chat window in WhatsApp and tap the ‘Emoji’ icon next to the left of the chat text field. Now tap the third icon below, to the right of the GIF icon and look for a small ‘+’ sign to the right.

Click on it, select ‘Vaccines for All’ in the list shown next and select ‘Download’. That is it! Your new stickers are now ready for use.
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first published: Apr 8, 2021 01:42 pm

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